The fall semester has officially come to a close for our Pioneers. It’s been an exciting semester for the entire University community. Now is the time to relax with friends and family and enjoy the holidays.
Last weekend, we saw more of our students’ talents on display. SHU’s choirs dazzled us with their Colors of Christmas performance, and the band’s Christmas Memories show had us dancing in our seats. Tonight we look forward to hearing the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s performance of the Messiah at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit.
The choral ensemble Blended Hearts serenaded my wife and me last Friday night when they came by the house. It was a festive occasion, and they sounded wonderful.
Our School of Communication & Media Arts and our Film and Television Master’s program showed a collection of award-winning thesis films Monday night at the Fairfield Theater Company. It was great to see so many people there to celebrate the students’ work.
Our students filled their bellies with breakfast food at our annual Late-Night Breakfast on Monday night in 63’s. They enjoyed tater tots and eggs with their peers before heading out to study for exams. I was happy so many staff and faculty members were present to wait on our hungry Pioneers and provide them with a memorable time.
Literacy professor Alison Villanueva spoke about her co-authored book, Educating for the 21st Century: Perspectives, Policies and Practices from Around the World, on Tuesday. The book is a compilation of scholarly insights and practical applications from contributors around the globe.
SHU's buildOn chapter participated in Amnesty International’s “Write for Rights” Day. Amnesty International is an organization that focuses on human rights. SHU is partnering with buildOn chapters from Bridgeport’s Central High School and Bassick High School. Headquartered in Stamford, buildOn is an international non-profit organization that runs youth service after-school programs in high schools and builds schools in developing countries. I look forward to seeing all the work our students accomplish.
The MAX, a video and poster session presented by the School of Communication & Media Arts, is something I look forward to every year. It showcases the best in student photography, audio, video magazine production, photojournalism, critical writing and more. Great work. Our business, doctor of physical therapy, occupational therapy and health science students also presented their work at a variety of posters sessions and capstone project presentations throughout this past week. Thanks for sharing all your terrific work.
Congratulations to Fran Grodzinsky. Her peers selected her as a finalist for this year’s World Technology Award for Ethics. We are very proud of Fran and her work!
The Trumbull Award Program selected our Life and Sport Analysis Clinic for the 2016 Best of Trumbull Award in the Health and Medical category. Each year, the Trumbull Award Program identifies companies they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. Congrats to everyone at the clinic.
We lit our Advent Wreath in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit on Wednesday. It was a beautiful tradition before faculty and staff headed over to our annual Christmas party at the Pitt Center. It was great to see everyone, and I hope you enjoyed this celebration of another successful semester.
As the year comes to a close, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah and a Happy Kwanzaa—all of which come very closely together this year. However you choose to celebrate—or not—I hope your time off is fun. Please take the time to relax and reflect on your many blessings. Let us be thankful for what we have and appreciate one another’s company. I look forward to seeing you refreshed and reinvigorated in the new year. Be well.